Prince Charles has shared a recorded statement on behalf of the royal family regarding the death of his father, Prince Philip. In the message, he pays tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh's decades of service to the crown, and thanked well-wishers for the outpouring of support.
"My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that," Charles said in his message, filmed at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. The footage was shared by ITV News.Read his full statement below.
I particularly wanted to say that my father, for I suppose the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable, devoted service to The Queen, to my family and to the country, but also to the whole of the Commonwealth.
As you can imagine, my family and I miss my father enormously. He was a much loved and appreciated figure and apart from anything else, I can imagine, he would be so deeply touched by the number of other people here and elsewhere around the world and the Commonwealth, who also I think, share our loss and our sorrow.
My dear Papa was a very special person who I think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him and from that point of view we are, my family, deeply grateful for all that. It will sustain us in this particular loss and at this particularly sad time. Thank you.
Prince Philip passed away peacefully yesterday morning in Windsor at the age of 99. His funeral will take place next Saturday, April 17, at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.